Mr. Principato is well known for his luminous landscapes. He coined the phrase “plein air colorist.” Mr. Principato studied at Vesper George School of Art, and with Everett Kinstler at the Art Students League, in the atelier of R.H. Ives Gammell of the Boston School, with sculptor Jose Decreeft, and with anatomy teacher Robert Beverly Hale. Beginning in 1970, Mr. Principato studied at the Cape Cod School of Art with painter and colorist Henry Hensche, the protégé of Cape Cod School founder Charles W. Hawthorne who established the school in 1899. This unique combination of training has given Mr. Principato the artistic knowledge, skills, and vision to bring together the age- old conflicts between the linear drawing approach of the Renaissance Masters and Nineteenth Century academicians and the colorist tenets of the founding fathers of impressionism. His paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. In the summer of 2012 his work was featured as part of their exhibition "Two Hundred Years of Cape Cod Art." Dr. C. Vermuele, Curator of Classical Painting at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, was one of the first to recognize the artist’s talent with a series of commissions for his private collection. Mr. Principato believes “art is a journey and one must keep an open mind and be constantly searching and learning.” Favorite locations of the artist include Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and currently the Southwest. He travels extensively to teach and paint.